The City of Midland Preparing For a Projected Drought

The City of Midland Preparing For a Projected Drought

By: Zora Asberry
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - The state is looking to take Midland off of the drought list, all because of the recent rainfall, snow, and ice that fell in winter. But some city leaders aren't convinced that's a good idea.

Joe Reed, retired Environmental Water Hydrologist, said, "We could be going into a decades long drought, there's a potential that we could go into a drought that will exceed or match the worst drought they've had since about the year 1000."

The city of Midland uses water from the T-bar well field that delivers millions of gallons of water each day to roughly 50,000 homes in Midland, but experts say that this supply won't last forever.

Sharla Hotchkiss, City Councilwoman in Midland, said, "In fact, with the projections of continued drought for long term, we need to be just as careful as we have been in the past actually be looking forward to more ways that we can save water for our city."'

Midland is utilizing technology like the NBR water treatment plant which is a satellite plant that takes waste water out of the sewer and cleans it up and sends it off to Midland College for irrigation instead of using ground water or potable water.

Laura Wilson, Utility Director for the City of Midland, said, "We also are in the process now of upgrading our plant so that Pioneer can purchase our affluent, or treated waste water, that comes out to use in their drilling operations and they'll be using that instead of the fresh water that they're currently using right now."

Although the city is doing their part to conserve, they say people at home should still watch their usage.

"I'd like to thank the citizens of Midland for the fact that they've really pulled back on their water usage over the past few years, but then encourage them to continue with their conservation efforts," said Hotchkiss.

To find out more on drought information in your area you can visit the TCEQ website at www.tceq.state.tx.us